Deaths in History on January 24

MurderAssassination

41 Caligula [Gaius Caesar], 3rd Roman Emperor (37-41 AD) who was known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards

3rd Roman Emperor Caligula
3rd Roman Emperor
Caligula
  • 661 Ali ibn Abu Talib, kalief of Islam (656-61), murdered
  • 772 Stephen III/IV, Catholic Pope (768-72), dies. (b. 720)
  • 817 Stefanus IV, Pope (816-17), dies
  • 1125 David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
  • 1336 Alfonso IV, the Benignant, King of Aragon (1327-36), dies at 36
  • 1376 Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
  • 1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason
  • 1595 Ferdinand II of Austria (b. 1529)
  • 1626 Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (b. 1580)
  • 1639 George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, assassinated
  • 1678 Joan Maetsuyker, gov-gen of Neth East-Indies, dies at 72
  • 1709 George Rooke, English admiral (b. 1650)
  • 1769 François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • 1856 Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (b. 1775)
  • 1862 James McIntosh, US confederate brig-gen, dies in battle at about 33
  • 1864 Stephen Gardner Champlin, brig-general (Union), dies at about 36
  • 1877 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
  • 1882 Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
  • 1885 Martin R Delany, African American nationalist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army), dies at 72
  • 1895 Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician (b. 1849)
  • 1911 David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1924 Thephilo Braga, Portuguese poet/politician, dies at 80
  • 1924 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1894)
  • 1929 Willem Royaards, theater directeor (Adam in Ballingschap), dies
  • 1932 Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (b. 1842)
  • 1939 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (b. 1867)
  • 1943 John Burns, British minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
  • 1947 Felix Timmermans, writer/painter (Gift from St Nicholas), dies at 60
  • 1948 Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • 1948 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • 1953 [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • 1955 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • 1961 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
  • 1962 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)
  • 1964 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, dies at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55) British leader during WWII dies at 90

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1966 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1967 Howard Charles Shaiffer, entertainer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • 1971 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • 1978 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • 1982 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
  • 1983 George Cukor, director, dies of stroke & heart attack at 83
  • 1986 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • 1988 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • 1988 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)

BattleExecution

1989 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1991 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • 1992 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1993 Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist (Cumhuriyet Murder), dies
  • 1994 Michalis Vranopoulos, head of Greek state bank, murdered at 48
  • 1995 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Victor Reinganum, artist, dies at 87
  • 1995 Wim H Sinnige, Amsterdam PvdA alderman of Finance, dies at 60
  • 1996 Ursula Heathcote Nicholls, campaigner, dies at 75
  • 1997 Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • 1998 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • 2002 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • 2007 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's Oldest Military Veteran (b. 1891)
  • 2009 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)